Our senior management team
Kevin Fairman Chief Executive
Kevin was appointed as Brunelcare's Finance Director in January 2016, before being appointed CEO. He has previously worked for charities in the not-for-profit sector; Dimensions, Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) and most recently SeeAbility (The Royal School for the Blind). He has a wide range of hobbies and interests including cricket, cricket and also cricket.
Becky Edwards Finance Director
Becky joined as Finance Director in December 2018. She has over 20 years' experience in financial roles within the public sector. Most of her experience has been gained in Further Education, where she has been Finance Director of two colleges, most recently at City of Bristol College. In her spare time she enjoys writing poetry, but tries not to inflict the results of this talent on friends.
Michelle Caine Community Services Director
Michelle joined Brunelcare when she was 21. She was appointed as the manager of Colliers Gardens extra care scheme in 2008, moving on to the community division and managing Bristol and South Gloucestershire services, and was appointed Director of Community Services in 2015. She has worked in a variety of settings including care homes, extra care and as a care recruitment consultant in Bristol before joining Brunelcare.
Michelle Richards Housing and Property Director
Michelle began her career with Brunelcare in 1999, starting as a care assistant within one of the care homes. She was appointed as a care home manager before moving to Brunelcare’s housing division and managing the support services. Michelle was appointed as Brunelcare’s Housing and Property Director in 2018. She has a Level 5 Diploma in Housing with the Chartered Institute of Housing and is a chartered member of the institute.
Sandra Payne Interim Director of Care Homes and Head of Clinical Excellence
Trained at the Bath School of Nursing, qualifying in 1986. Worked in acute medical admission wards at the RUH, medical cardiology at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and as a District Nurse in South Bristol. Joined Brunelcare in 1993 as a Registered Nurse at Robinson House, initially in a bank nurse role whilst raising two daughters! Became a Senior Registered Nurse and completed further studies at King Alfred's, Winchester, then progressed through to Deputy Care Home Manager, Care Home Manager and Head of Clinical Excellence for the charity. Has led initiatives in End of Life Care and Falls Management and is also the Safeguarding Lead for the Charity. Currently appointed as Interim Director for the Care Homes whilst maintaining the role of Head of Clinical Excellence and overseeing Clinical Governance.
Brian Whittaker Human Resources & Operational Development Director
Brian joined Brunelcare in February 2018. Previously he was the Group HR Director of The Aster Group, a social landlord and care and support provider based in Wiltshire. He has extensive experience within human resources including several years as the Employee Relations Manager for Forte Hotels. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Outside work he is a football referee, an enthusiastic cook and a reticent house renovator.
Matthew Bell Head of Marketing and Business Development
Matthew joined Brunelcare in 2018 to head up the charity’s marketing, communications and business development activities. A CIM and CIPR qualified communications professional with over 10 years’ experience in the third sector, Matthew was, until joining Brunelcare, Head of Marketing and Communications at St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol. He is passionate about raising awareness of the impact local charities, like Brunelcare, can have. Matthew is also a trustee of Somerset Wildlife Trust.
Leaine Thompson Head of Corporate Governance
Leaine joined Brunelcare in July 2018 and is the Head of Corporate Governance. Leaine’s background has been working within a governance, quality assurance and compliance environment for over 20 years in a variety of sectors such as housing, charitable and private organisations. Leaine currently oversees Brunelcare’s governance, risk management, health and safety and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Leaine is NEBOSH qualified, with governance and risk management certificates and has CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management. Leaine is also a Trustee for WESC and is passionate about working with people and supporting individuals to overcome barriers. Leaine is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Chartered Quality Institute, Chartered Management Institute and IOSH.